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Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:53

Alex, these are rudbeckias in my garden. 

sick rosemary srub

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 07:52


your old rosemary is just that....old, tired and its roots will be very congested.  It prob did get waterlogged and it seems you did the right thing...i.e. Drilling more drainage holes 

have you fed it?  pale leaves are a sure sign it is hungry

rosemary is not long lived ...although I have one which is several years old now....esp in a pot.

it is time to take cuttings...good time now...and prepare for replacing your plant Pot-head

so, feeding it now, and I would simply use a seaweed spray  as well as an epsom salts spray and see how it does 

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 22:30

Me too Alex.  no invasive plants either.

any new plants are always carefully researched and trialled.     

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 22:22

Alex,,V. Rigida is handsome in flower but, beware, it can also be invasive.  For this reason I dig them up every year and pot them up for planting In spring

V. homestead Purple is better behaved and a beauty.  

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 22:16

B3, mine are in good rich soil that does not dry out ......will post a picture tomorrow if I remember to.  They are in full sun.  In shade I think they will sulk and flop.  Yes, extra water will help them. 

rudbeckias will struggle in poor dry soil ....

don't think the problem is self seeding Cloggie.   They spread by runners and where happy will be a little invasive 

Last edited: 23 August 2016 22:18:25

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 22:10

A hedgehog or two the little guys

have been known to stop traffic to collect a hedgehog in the middle of the road.  Never really knew which way it was going though.

tips to encourage more Mark? 

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 22:04

Alex, yes bit like strawberry runners I guess

you can split when you like.....better in autumn 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 21:55

Never said such a thing aym!!!  

Strange indeed 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 21:49

Aym.......???  When was that?  

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 21:21

Alex, yes that is exactly what they do if they like it where they are. I have a large spread of them but I will be restricting them in autumn. 

Yes again. You can split them etc.   You will find runners too that you can pull back;  do this with a handful if prolific.  Don't plant them out but pot them up.  Let them grow away next spring and then plant  out your well grown rudbeckias 

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